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Kishenji speaks against IPL, POSCO and PSUs

Maoist leader Kishenji today came out strongly against the IPL, allocation of land to POSCO and the Centre's decision on PSUs. He announced a 48-hour shutdown in five states from May 18 to protest against these issues.

kolkata Updated: May 15, 2010 19:41 IST

Maoist leader Kishenji on Saturday came out strongly against the IPL, allocation of land to POSCO and the Centre's decision on PSUs. He announced a 48-hour shutdown in five states from May 18 to protest against all these issues.

He vehemently called for the scrapping the Indian Premier League accusing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union ministers P Chidambaram, Praful Patel and Sharad Pawar of being involved in the 'scam' surrounding the popular Twenty20 cricket event.

"Maoists will observe bandh on May 18 and May 19 in the five states to protest against the Centre's decision to sell ten per cent government stake in 10 profit-making Public Sector Undertakings," Kishenji told PTI over phone from an undisclosed location.

The politburo member of CPI (Maoist) said they were against dilution of government stake in state-owned banks "to favour entry of international banks like Morgan Stanley, Citibank and Deutsche Bank".

Kishenji also said that the CPI (Maoist) was against handing over 15,000 acre to steel maker POSCO in Orissa and favoured subsidy to the oil companies to keep the rate of petroleum products stable.

Making a slew of other demands Kishenji said, "The government should immediately take action against these accused along with others who are behind the scam involving telecom spectrum allocation," Kishenji said.

Kishenji's bandh call and demands come a day after Maoists killed four CPI-M supporters and one party worker in the Naxal stronghold of Jungle Mahal areas in West Bengal.

The shutdown will affect Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.